One of the best ways to give yourself a better shot at picking a winner in horse racing, is to do your homework and delve into the various information you can extract, from looking at a horses form! When folks first start getting into betting, often they select a horse by the name or colour of the jersey that the jockey is wearing. This is a tactic that relies on pure coincidence, chance, luck. If you want to get into winning ways studying form is a must!
What is Form?
The form of a horse is a record of its performance in previous races and this is an aid used in predicting its performance in future races. But this record doesn’t just refer to the position it finished in the race, if you want to become a font of all horse racing betting knowledge, you nee to delve deeper!
For example, you may see that a horse came in a certain position in it’s last races by seeing the number run on a bookies website such as 46312, meaning in it’s previous races it came 4th, 6th,3rd,1st and most recently 2nd. Looking at the race where the horse came 6th may reveal it was 6th in a huge field of say, 20 horses, so in the overall scheme of things, the 6th place was still a good notch in the horses record. Sites such as Racing Post offer more information than bookies, such as how many horse were in the field.
Looking at form is not always as simple as looking at numbers. You will occasionally see abbreviations appear in the form run and this can reveal vital information about the horses behaviour on previous races. Below we have list some of the most common abbreviations you will see:
- CD – This horse has won over course and distance previously.
- F – Horse fell, this is more common in jump racing.
- P – Horse pulled up (stopped running).
- U – unseated rider.
- R – a horse refused.
- BD – the horse was brought down by another runner.
These abbreviations can provide some great indications into how horses have been acting when going into a race or during a race. Whilst a horse may have great positional form, a run such as 1121, if we see that most recently the horse has U and R (refer to abbreviations key) in it’s run (for example – 1121U-R) you might infer that the horse is currently experiencing some factors that are making it react negatively to racing.
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